Updated 6/20/14

MCDA Annual Conference

June 6, 2014 at USM Lewiston-Auburn

10th Anniversary Celebration

“Making Connections for Success”

Morning Keynote Speaker: Richard Pyle, Ph.D.
“The Synergy of High Tech and High Touch
To Career Development”
Author of Group Career Counseling: Practices & Principles

Richard Pyle – SynergyHighTechHigh Touch

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Afternoon Keynote Speaker: Mark Danaher, NCC, LPC
“Story of Three Workers and
How They Connect to Us and their Organization”
President Elect National Career Development Association

Mark Danaher – The Story of 3 Brick Layers

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 Conference Program Schedule

8:00-9:00 Coffee, Pastries and Networking

9:00-9:15 Conference Opening Remarks

9:15-10:30 Keynote with Richard Pyle: “The Synergy of High Tech and High Touch to Career Development”

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:00 Morning Concurrent Sessions

1. Principles and Skills Unique to Group Career Counseling. Presenter: Richard Pyle
2. Building a Professional Brand via LinkedIn. Presenter: Scott Woodard
3. Jobs in Maine: Conditions, Outlook and Tools You Can Use. Presenter: Ruth Pease
4. Teaching Professionalism: Soft Skills on the Rise. Presenters: Kate Axelsen Foster and Crisanne Blackie
5. What’s Hope Got to Do with It? Presenters: Peter Osborne and Stephen Davis.

12:00-1:15 Lunch/Business meeting

1:15-2:00 Keynote with Mark Danaher: “Stories of Three Workers and How They Connect With Us and Their Organizations”

2:00-2:15 Break

2:15-3:30 Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

1. Client Engagement beyond the Office: Ideas, Exercises and Videos to Use for Client Followup/Homework. Presenter: Mark Danaher.
2. Framing LifeWork Success through Positive Engagement. Presenter: Stephen Thompson.
3. Boomers: Facing the Next Transition.Presenters: Leigh Mundhenk and Jim Peacock.
4. Let Your Connections Work for You: How to Build a Professional Network. Presenter: Tom Dowd.

3:30 Adjourn

Conference Program Details

Morning Keynote with Richard Pyle:
“The Synergy of High Tech and High Touch to Career Development”
Room 170
As we move into the 21st century, career development professionals have the opportunity to benefit from the advances and synergy offered by technology and group counseling. Dr. Pyle will provide an overview of these advances along with the emerging skills and competencies relevant to enhancing student/client career maturity. With more than 50 years of experience as an administrator, psychologist, and professor in public schools, higher education, and the United States Peace Corps, national speaker, Dr. Pyle will share his extensive experience in group career counseling helping clients make connections for new success. Amongst more than 30 articles and 5 books published in professional journals, Dr. Pyle’s most recent book is Group Career Counseling: Practices and Principles, published by National Career Development Association in 2007.

Morning Concurrent Sessions
1. Principles and Skills Unique to Group Career Counseling.
Presenter: Richard Pyle. Room 170
Expanding upon the principles addressed in the keynote, this workshop will provide a demonstration of techniques and counseling skills relevant to group career counseling in a wide variety of settings. In addition, information will be provided on how to implement a group career counseling program, allowing you to effectively serve many clients simultaneously and in a cost-effective way.

2. Building a Professional Brand via LinkedIn.
Presenter: Scott Woodard. Computer Lab Room 116
This workshop will provide an overview of how to build and maintain a professional brand using LinkedIn that will differentiate you from others and stand out from the over 200 million members on the site. LinkedIn is a tremendous tool for building and maintaining one’s professional brand. More than a networking tool, LinkedIn also enables individuals to present an authentic, consistent and harmonic presence that projects a great professional brand. In the new world of work, where the average job lasts 3-5 years and there are hundreds of applicants for one job, one’s professional brand – how one markets oneself – is critical to differentiating from the competition. Regardless of where you are in your career – a new graduate just starting out or a Boomer on the verge of your second (third?) career – if you proactively build and develop your professional brand, you can attract the right opportunities. LinkedIn is a tremendous tool for building and maintaining one’s professional brand.

3. Jobs in Maine: Conditions, Outlook, and Tools You Can Use.
Presenter: Ruth Pease. Room 104
In this workshop, we examine current conditions in Maine’s labor market and changes that occurred since 2008, the onset of the Great Recession. We will discuss trends in Maine’s population and industries and the impact of these trends on job outlook to 2020. Finally, we will explore the Center for Workforce Research and Information website, discovering online tools and resources for career counselors, adult educators and job seekers.

4. Teaching Professionalism: Soft Skills on the Rise.
Presenters: Kate Axelsen Foster and Crisanne Blackie. Room 105
Research shows a gap between many students’ attitudes and how managers and HR professionals define professionalism. This session is designed for professionals and educators to discuss ways to teach professionalism, promote soft skill development, and ultimately change our campus climates to emphasize professionalism. Largely discussion-based, this session will allow participants to share stories of challenges and successes while also sharing suggestions for promoting soft skill development and teaching professionalism. Discussion topics will include the importance of role modeling, methods of teaching professionalism and holding students accountable. Case studies may be used to promote discussion.

5. What’s Hope Got To Do With It?
Presenters: Peter Osborne and Stephen Davis. Room 108
Defining “hope” in terms of goals, pathways, and agency, provides a fascinating method of looking at the work done in career development. Hope Theory, refined by positive psychologist C.R. Snyder, defines hope, suggests that it can be measured across the lifespan, and perhaps most interestingly, suggests that hope is a learned trait. In addition, some studies have shown that people with higher levels of hope are generally more successful at achieving their goals and lead happier lives overall. This roundtable discussion on hope will give an overview of Hope Theory, its components and applications, and then invite participants to discuss how hope fits into their work in career development. Ideally participants will leave with new ideas of how to cultivate hope with their clients and perhaps see their work in a whole new (and interesting) way.

Afternoon Keynote with Mark Danaher:
“Stories of Three Workers and How They Connect With Us and Their Organizations” Room 170

The keynote will focus on the story of three workers and their career paths. We will look at their strengths and beliefs and how they apply to us. Concurrently, we will look at organizations and our connection to see our true success based on these workers. The goal is to help us understand our connections and our clients as we provide career growth and direction.

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions
1. Client Engagement beyond the Office: Ideas, Exercises and Videos to Use for Client Follow-up/Homework. Presenter: Mark Danaher. Room 170
Are you looking for ways to engage your clients from appointment to appointment? Have you run out of ideas? Come to learn about a variety of different ideas, exercises and videos to engage your clients beyond your office walls. Participants will walk away with ideas and activities to help their clients move forward in a number of different ways from career development to employability skills.

2. Framing LifeWork Success through Positive Engagement.
Presenter: Stephen Thompson. Room 104
Too often school and agency based career education programs focus on awareness, career interest, transferable skills sets, and the path-goal relationship between educational choices and future careers. These programs often neglect the notion of framing career education content with the mindset of success. In the presentation, participants will be introduced to the work of Napoleon Hill and Earl Nightingale. Both Hill and Nightingale studied factors of success and published books on the topic. Their approaches to success will be tied to current literature on engagement and social media. You might just become what you are thinking about. What you give out just may return to you, and just may involve your pursuit of a worthy ideal.

3. Boomers: Facing the Next Transition.
Presenters: Leigh Mundhenk and Jim Peacock. Room 103
Boomers are redefining aging. Many older adults are healthier, more educated, and active and are simply not ready to “retire” and sit at home. For some it may be an encore career they desire. For others, it may be traveling, learning new skills, and/or caring for family members. This session will look at some of the current research on this topic, give you tools to assist boomers in this transition, and discuss ways to assist boomers as they transition to what Europe refers to as the “3rd Age” – the time in their lives when they can focus on their passions.

4. Let Your Connections Work for You: How to build a Professional Network.
Presenter: Tom Dowd. Room 108
This session teaches the importance and value of a professional network beyond Facebook and LinkedIn. Although we are taught to control what we can control, the stark fact is that much of our success and satisfaction cannot be done alone. Let’s concentrate on what can be controlled in our immediate environment. We need a sphere of influence to get past the potential roadblocks in front of us. Participants will walk away knowing how to make genuine connections, not name gathering or meeting checklist accomplishments, that will spur future relationships to advance their careers. Participants will learn key concepts of professional networking: influence key decision-makers; drive your own career; allow the network to do much of the work; break out of traditional hierarchical business models; and networking is not as hard as you think.

 

 

 

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